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‘Artistes are not valued in our country’

Kangana Ranaut says that in India, artistes, including singers and performers, don’t get the respect they deserve.

Published: 18th March 2012 04:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:37 PM   |  A+A-

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Kangana Ranawat (PTI Photo).

Actress Kangna Ranaut rues the fact that artistes are not valued and stardom often overshadows the real actors.

"I must admit that artistes are not valued in this country and it's not just actors, it also includes painters, dancers, classical singers. They are not even paid well," Kangna said during the India Today Conclave 2012.

"I started my career with theatre and my Guru kept telling me if you want to live in poverty pursue theatre and if you want to have a happy life try something else," she added.

The actress started her acting career at the age of 17 with Mahesh Bhatt's 2006 film ‘Gangster’ and in the matter of just six years has come a long way with films like ‘Life in a...Metro’, ‘Fashion’, and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, among others. She even won a national award for her role in ‘Fashion’.

Kangna feels stardom often overshadows the real acting abilities.

"In Bollywood we have this funny concept of stars and actors. Sometimes your stardom really overpowers your acting abilities. It is very unfortunate but that's the way it is." she added.

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